Off the Shelves – July 26


New items are available at the Hancock County Public Library.

The following items are available at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. For more information on the library’s collection or to reserve a title, visit

Adult Fiction

“Sidelife,” by Steve Toutonghi

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Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur, takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one he finds a woman in a state of suspended animation. There is also a dog-eared notebook filled with circuit diagrams, intricate drawings of body parts and pages of code. When Vin decides to enter one of the caskets himself, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that raises fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life.

Adult Nonfiction

“Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History,” by Mike Pesca

No announcer ever proclaimed: “Up rises Frazier!” “Havlicek commits the foul, trying to steal the ball!” or “The Giants lose the pennant, The Giants lose the pennant!” Such moments are etched upon the mind of every sports fan. Or rather, they would be, had they happened. Sports are games of inches, and when we conjure the thought of certain athletes — like Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood — we can’t help but apply a mental tape measure to the highlight reels of our minds. Players, coaches and, of course, fans obsess on the play when they ask, “What if?” “Upon Further Review” answers these questions with counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of: What if the U.S. boycotted Hitler’s Olympics? What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King? What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster? What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt? “Upon Further Review” takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, this book answers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar.